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7th Apr '17 2:44:47 PM JackG
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* ''Literature/TheExecutioner''. Subverted when a terrorist leader gets one of her underlings to hold his hand over the fire in a demonstration of his fanaticism. The injury to his hand gets the terrorist killed later on when he fumbles when reloading his weapon.
7th Apr '17 4:16:25 AM MGoblin256
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** [[SpacePirate Nausicaans]] also deserve a mention, as demonstrated when two of them are shown casually passing them time by throwing darts into each others' chests during another episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. This is apparently the norm for their culture as, according to Brunt, most Nausicaan games involve pain.
3rd Apr '17 6:06:14 AM Doug86
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* In the first issue of ''Franchise/StarWars: Jedi vs. Sith'', an herbalist refuses to cure the poisoned and dying DarthBane. He states that he is unafraid of death, and nor does he fear pain. To demonstrate, he dips his hand in the boiling cauldron in front of him, then pulls it back out (blistered and horribly scalded) without the slightest sign of pain.

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* In the first issue of ''Franchise/StarWars: Jedi vs. Sith'', an herbalist refuses to cure the poisoned and dying DarthBane.Literature/DarthBane. He states that he is unafraid of death, and nor does he fear pain. To demonstrate, he dips his hand in the boiling cauldron in front of him, then pulls it back out (blistered and horribly scalded) without the slightest sign of pain.
29th Mar '17 11:51:55 AM Aquila89
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* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', Tuco Salamaca puts out a cigarette on his tongue.
10th Mar '17 12:52:36 PM StFan
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* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''. Griffith skinned his own shoulders with his fingers - just to make a point (I think it was about free will).
** It may have had more to do with self-loathing, though. Guts does the same at various points when he seems particularly angry at himself.

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* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''. ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. Griffith skinned his own shoulders with his fingers - -- just to make a point (I think it was (something about free will).
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will). It may have had more to do with self-loathing, though. Guts does the same at various points when he seems particularly angry at himself.



* In ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'' #70, when {{Wolverine}} is told to put out his cigar in the infirmary, he promptly swallows it. {{Dont try this| at home}} if you're not [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Wolverine]].

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* In ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'' ''Comicbook/XFactor'' #70, when {{Wolverine}} is told to put out his cigar in the infirmary, he promptly swallows it. {{Dont try this| at home}} if you're not [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Wolverine]].



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* ''[[Literature/InheritanceCycle Brisingr]]''. The Trial of the Long Knives, in which a ruler and a challenger take turns ''slitting their arms'' to prove who is willing to endure more pain for the peoples' sake.
** There's also an earlier scene in the same book where people can only become high priests of a dark rite by lopping off one of their limbs.
*** The head of their order has no arms, no legs, no tongue, no teeth...

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* ''[[Literature/InheritanceCycle Brisingr]]''.''Literature/InheritanceCycle'':
** ''Brisingr''.
The Trial of the Long Knives, in which a ruler and a challenger take turns ''slitting their arms'' to prove who is willing to endure more pain for the peoples' sake.
** There's also an earlier scene in the same book where people can only become high priests of a dark rite by lopping off one of their limbs.
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limbs. The head of their order has no arms, no legs, no tongue, no teeth...



* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':






* Given its levels of TestosteronePoisoning, it should come as no surprise that this is present in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. In the Imperium, the Imperial Fists regularly use a meditation aid known as a Pain Glove, which does pretty much exactly what it sounds like it does. Outside it, Orks regularly try and get scars to show off; that the easiest way to do this is to pick fights isn't a major drawback, because the entire species are unhinged {{Blood Knight}}s.

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* Given its levels of TestosteronePoisoning, it should come as no surprise that this is present in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000''.
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In the Imperium, the Imperial Fists regularly use a meditation aid known as a Pain Glove, which does pretty much exactly what it sounds like it does. does.
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Outside it, Orks regularly try and get scars to show off; that the easiest way to do this is to pick fights isn't a major drawback, because the entire species are unhinged {{Blood Knight}}s.



* In order to prove your devotion to the cause of the Assassins in ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'', you have to hack off your own ring finger. This is why the Hidden Blade is designed to be unusable unless the ring finger is missing. Heavily lampshaded in the second game, where Leonardo modifies the Hidden Blade to be usable with the finger still on (and then briefly tries to talk Ezio into removing the finger anyway), and some of the Codex pages (written by Altair) mention that the Assassins eventually decided this was a stupid tradition.
** They still keep part of this tradition, however. An Assassin's initiation from Ezio's time onward involves branding the Assassin sigil onto the neophyte's ring finger with hot iron and having him perform the Leap of Faith immediately afterwards.

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* In order to prove your devotion to the cause of the Assassins in ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'', you have to hack off your own ring finger. This is why the Hidden Blade is designed to be unusable unless the ring finger is missing. Heavily lampshaded in the second game, where Leonardo modifies the Hidden Blade to be usable with the finger still on (and then briefly tries to talk Ezio into removing the finger anyway), and some of the Codex pages (written by Altair) mention that the Assassins eventually decided this was a stupid tradition.
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tradition. They still keep part of this tradition, however. An Assassin's initiation from Ezio's time onward involves branding the Assassin sigil onto the neophyte's ring finger with hot iron and having him perform the Leap of Faith immediately afterwards.



* Torgue weapons in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' invoke this, partially as an advertising strategy, partially because Mr. Torgue is a nutcase who sweats testosterone and blasting gelignite. Instead of designing sleek, curved, high-tech devices like Maliwan or Hyperion, or simple and lightly adorned guns like Tediore or Dahl, Torgue guns are deliberately built to be chunky and weigh a ton even without the clips of exploding bullets, just so you can prove you're tough enough to carry one. This [[GameplayAndStorySegregation mostly doesn't apply in-game]], though - since all guns are "equal" (they all take up one inventory/equipment slot and can be wielded as long as you meet the level requirement), GadgeteerGenius Gaige (18 years old, 5'3" and relatively fresh out of high school) can wield them as effectively as Axton (a 5'9" professional soldier).

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* Torgue weapons in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'' invoke this, partially as an advertising strategy, partially because Mr. Torgue is a nutcase who sweats testosterone and blasting gelignite. Instead of designing sleek, curved, high-tech devices like Maliwan or Hyperion, or simple and lightly adorned guns like Tediore or Dahl, Torgue guns are deliberately built to be chunky and weigh a ton even without the clips of exploding bullets, just so you can prove you're tough enough to carry one. This [[GameplayAndStorySegregation mostly doesn't apply in-game]], though - since all guns are "equal" (they all take up one inventory/equipment slot and can be wielded as long as you meet the level requirement), GadgeteerGenius Gaige (18 years old, 5'3" and relatively fresh out of high school) can wield them as effectively as Axton (a 5'9" professional soldier).



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3rd Mar '17 12:43:14 AM CountDorku
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* Torgue weapons in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' invoke this, partially as an advertising strategy, partially because Mr. Torgue is a nutcase who sweats testosterone and blasting gelignite. Instead of designing sleek, curved, high-tech devices like Maliwan or Hyperion, or simple and lightly adorned guns like Tediore or Dahl, Torgue guns are deliberately built to be chunky and weigh a ton even without the clips of exploding bullets, just so you can prove you're tough enough to carry one. This [[GameplayAndStorySegregation mostly doesn't apply in-game]], though - since all guns are "equal" (they all take up one inventory/equipment slot and can be wielded as long as you meet the level requirement), GadgeteerGenius Gaige (18 years old, 5'3" and relatively fresh out of high school) can wield them as effectively as Axton (a 5'9" professional soldier).
16th Feb '17 12:35:25 PM ultimomant
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* Manga/{{Naruto}} does this way early, when they're first leaving Konoha for the Wave Country on the mission-that-turned-out-to-be-A. Nobody's taking him seriously, because he's Naruto, so he stabs himself dramatically in the hand. It works.
** The fact that he heals ridiculously quickly comes to his teammates' attention in connection with this. Of course, Kakashi already knew that, and knew why...

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* Manga/{{Naruto}} does this way early, when they're first leaving Konoha for the Wave Country on the mission-that-turned-out-to-be-A. Nobody's taking him seriously, because he's Naruto, so he stabs himself dramatically in the hand. It works.
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works. The fact that he heals ridiculously quickly comes to his teammates' attention in connection with this. Of course, Kakashi already knew that, and knew why...



* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', the Groosalugg sticks his hand into a flame without flinching at the start of his fight to the death with Angel.

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Groosalugg sticks his hand into a flame without flinching at the start of his fight to the death with Angel.
12th Feb '17 10:41:13 AM gb00393
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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'' Khal Drogo allows an opponent to cut him, before dodging every blow while methodically [[CherryTapping disarming himself and killing the man with his own blade.]] [[spoiler: The cut gets infected, and he eventually dies as a result.]]

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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'' ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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Khal Drogo allows an opponent to cut him, him to show his badassery, before dodging every blow while methodically [[CherryTapping disarming himself and killing the man with his own blade.]] [[spoiler: The cut gets infected, and he eventually dies as a result.]]
23rd Jan '17 12:22:21 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the first book of the ''ColdfireTrilogy'', the undead sorcerer Gerald Tarrant stands for several minutes in the presence of a glass phial containing a liquid known as the Fire (essentially Holy Napalm) without showing any visible effects before withdrawing. One of Damian's companions takes this to mean that it couldn't hurt him. Damian countered that the light of the fire was hurting Gerald, and could kill him if he was exposed to it long enough - but that Gerald was the kind of person who would take the pain without showing it right up until the moment he dropped dead just to prove a point. And that why he's so dangerous.

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* In the first book of the ''ColdfireTrilogy'', ''Literature/ColdfireTrilogy'', the undead sorcerer Gerald Tarrant stands for several minutes in the presence of a glass phial containing a liquid known as the Fire (essentially Holy Napalm) without showing any visible effects before withdrawing. One of Damian's companions takes this to mean that it couldn't hurt him. Damian countered that the light of the fire was hurting Gerald, and could kill him if he was exposed to it long enough - but that Gerald was the kind of person who would take the pain without showing it right up until the moment he dropped dead just to prove a point. And that why he's so dangerous.
10th Jan '17 7:54:01 AM JackG
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. The Master explains how all vampires are filled with mysterious fear and dread when they see a cross. He then grabs the cross in his hand, saying ([[HolyBurnsEvil as his hand sizzles]]) "Fear is in the mind. Like pain. It can be controlled."



** VampireHunter Holtz gives Justine an ImpaledPalm for sassing him. After he pulls out the awl [[MyFistForgivesYou she punches him]] with her injured hand.



* On ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', The Master explains how all vampires are filled with mysterious fear and dread when they see a cross. He then grabs the cross in his hand, saying ([[HolyBurnsEvil as his hand sizzles]]) "Fear is in the mind. Like pain. It can be controlled."

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* On ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', The Master explains how all vampires are filled with mysterious fear and dread when they see a cross. He then grabs the cross in his hand, saying ([[HolyBurnsEvil as his hand sizzles]]) "Fear is in the mind. Like pain. It can be controlled."
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